Issues: Health

September 29, 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM
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August 28, 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER VICTOR PICHARDO'S LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN'S HEALTH BECOMES LAW

(Bronx, NY) -  State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and Assemblymember Victor Pichardo (D-Bronx) announced that the legislation they authored to ban smoking tobacco products in and around after-school programs has been signed into law by the governor. 

August 25, 2015
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL BE SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES IN NORTHEAST QUEENS TO REDUCE RISK OF CONTRACTING WEST NILE VIRUS

(Queens, New York) Today, August 24th, the Department of Health will be spraying pesticides to reduce mosquitoe populations and the risk of contracting West Nile Virus. The spraying will occur between the hours of 8:30 PM Monday evening and 6:00 AM the following morning. It is advised for residents of the affected communities to stay indoors or reduce exposure.

The following neighborhoods will be sprayed: Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, College Point, Flushing, Linden Hill, Malba, Murray Hill, Whitestone and parts of Auburndale.

Please reference the attatched documents for further information and recommendations made by the Department of Health's advisory.

August 24, 2015
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RITCHIE: NEARLY 4,500 WASTE TIRES DISPOSED OF AT OSWEGO COUNTY TIRE TAKE BACK EVENTS

Brings Two Year Total of Tires Collected to Nearly 40,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that nearly 4,500 waste tires totaling nearly 70 tons have been eliminated as a result of last weekend’s free waste tire drop off events, held in Oswego County.  Tires disposed of brings the two year total of tires eliminated through the Senator’s initiative aimed at protecting public health and the environment, as well as cleaning up our region, to nearly 40,000, which translates to roughly 560 tons of tires.

“My free waste tire disposal initiative has been key to not only helping to clean up roadsides and yards littered with waste tires, but also to protecting the public health and environment in the counties I represent,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 19, 2015
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Senator Young, Colleagues Urge Federal Government To Adopt Legislation Improving Access To Skilled Nursing Care

Bill before the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate would provide clarity on Medicare’s three day inpatient requirement

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) recently joined her Senate colleagues in co-signing a letter to members of Congress in support of the Improving Access to Medicare bill. The legislation would ensure a greater number of seniors are able to access skilled nursing care under Medicare.

 

August 19, 2015
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More Progress Coming Out of 2015 Legislative Session

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

 

As I outlined in my column last month, the extension of the property tax cap was not only one of my legislative priorities, it was one of the major achievements of this year’s session.  However, more progress has been made on efforts to control spending, cut taxes and create jobs.

 

The 2015-16 State Budget is balanced, on-time and it avoids new taxes and fees.  Additionally, expenditures are being held below two percent.  Taxpayers have saved $23 billion, or $3,919 per taxpayer, since my Senate colleagues and I pushed for a self-imposed cap on spending. 

 

August 19, 2015
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Our Moms Deserve More: Senator Kennedy Stands with WNY Mothers, Doctors & Business Owners to Call for Lactation Rooms in Airports

As National Breastfeeding Month Continues, Kennedy Partners With Local Moms to Call for Increased Accommodations for New and Nursing Mothers

 Study Shows That Barely 8 Percent of Airports Have Designated Lactation Rooms; Kennedy's Bill Calls on NYS to Follow Illinois and California’s Lead & Require All Major New York State Airports to Designate Space for Breastfeeding Moms

August 18, 2015
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Greater Access to Dental Care Now Available Through Teledental Services

Legislation sponsored by Senator Young, signed by Governor Cuomo will improve access for patients

 

ALBANY – Greater access to dental care, including increased access to specialists who focus on unique diseases, and faster, more convenient treatment options, will now be available to thousands of New Yorkers.

 

Gov. Cuomo recently signed legislation authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) allowing dental offices to serve as provider locations for telehealth services. The expansion offers those in rural communities and those with limited means greater access to medical resources.

 

August 18, 2015
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HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO SPRAY PESTICIDE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MOSQUITOES AND THE RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN SELECTED PARTS OF BROOKLYN

To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Thursday, August 20, 2015 during the same hours. The neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity and have high mosquito populations.

August 18, 2015
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UR Medicine Breaks Ground on Imaging Center & Autism Clinic

I was honored to join the University of Rochester to break ground on its new Medicine Imaging Center and William and Mildred Levine Autism Clinic. This state-of-the-art facility will provide advanced diagnostics and treatment in a patient-friendly environment, and will also feature western New York's first stand-alone autism clinic. The William and Mildred Levine Autism Clinic will provide collaborative care for children and families on the autism spectrum, and will help them get the proper treatment and support they need.

Click here for more pictures.

 

August 17, 2015
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Daily News: State Senator wants to increase organ donations in New York

This is the article about my legislation regarding organ donors wirtten by the Daily News' Ken Lovett.

A Queens state senator wants to increase organ donations in New York by adding a line on a host of state forms that would allow people to sign up.

Sen. Jose Peralta on Tuesday will announce a bill that would require a range of applications, including for public colleges, professional licenses, state-funded health insurance programs, and state income tax returns, to include a registration line for the "donate life registry" for organ, eye, and tissue donations.

Currently, it is limited mainly to driver license and voter registration forms.

New York ranks 49th in the nation for residents who register to be organ donors. Peralta said that just 24% of eligible New York residents are registered to donate their organs, compared to a national average of 54%.

"This is completely unacceptable," said Peralta, who added he personally added his name to the registry last week.

He cited stats showing that in 2013, 1,670 New Yorkers received "life-saving organs." But another 600 people died waiting.

August 17, 2015
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Senator Jose Peralta, LiveOnNY and special guest Mariana Villarreal highlight the importance of becoming an organ donor to encourage organ donation in New York

State Senator Jose Peralta today unveiled legislation that would requirecertain state forms and applications to include a space allowing New

August 17, 2015
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DON’T FORGET: FREE WASTE TIRE DROP OFF TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY

Ritchie-Sponsored Events Happening at Transfer Stations Across Oswego County 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Oswego County residents that another round of free waste tire disposal events will take place on Saturday, August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to noon at transfer stations throughout Oswego County.

“Mosquitoes are small, but as we’ve seen, they can be deadly,” said Senator Ritchie.  “Waste tires have the potential to act as breeding ground for up to one million of these dangerous insects, and with every waste tire disposed of we are cutting down on the chances of someone contracting mosquito borne diseases like EEE or West Nile.”

August 13, 2015
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9/11 Health and Compensation Act Press Conference

(White Plains - August 12) Today at Fire Station #6 in White Plains, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to call for passage of a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The measure, first passed in 2010, followed action taken in New York State (Jimmy Nolan's Law named for a Yonkers carpenter) to recognize the second wave of victims. The second wave are the first responders and others who were falling ill years later, after being exposed to the toxic pile of debris of what was left of the World Trade Center. At the time, Jimmy Nolan's Law allowed an additional one-year period for eligible workers to file claims to receive workers compensation.

August 12, 2015
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HELPING THE HUNGRY IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

August 11, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Praises Mayor de Blasio's New "NYC Safe" Program

(Brooklyn, NY - August 10, 2015) Kings County Politics reports  on Senator Jesse Hamilton,  ranking member on the Senate Committee on Mental Health, and Brooklyn lawmakers' expressions of support for Mayor de Blasio's "NYC Safe" program. Senator Hamilton said, "With NYC Safe, Mayor de Blasio reinforces the public health and public safety of New Yorkers while remaining sensitive to the circumstances of a vulnerable population, those suffering from serious, untreated mental illness.

August 10, 2015
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THE NUMBERS ARE IN! JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS DISPOSE OF NEARLY 5,000 TIRES AT RITCHIE’S FREE DROP OFF EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that Jefferson County residents disposed of nearly 5,000 waste tires totaling 70 tons at a free drop off event hosted last weekend. 

The first of its kind in Jefferson County, Senator Ritchie’s free waste tire drop off was the most recent in a series of similar events she has hosted in St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties, which aim to help clean up our region and rid roadsides and yards of waste tires that have the potential to act as breeding ground for up to one million disease-carrying mosquitoes. So far, more than 35,000 tires have been collected in the region Senator Ritchie represents through her waste tire drop off events.

August 7, 2015
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FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF EEE, RITCHIE REMINDS RESIDENTS OF WASTE TIRE DROP OFF ON AUGUST 15TH

Free Event Aimed at Stopping Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases 

In light of this week’s discovery of the mosquito borne EEE virus, State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Oswego County residents to dispose of waste tires at her free drop off events taking place on Saturday August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The free disposal events are part of a continuing effort by Senator Ritchie and local community leaders to not only clean up our region, but also to stop the spread of mosquito borne diseases like EEE and West Nile, as it’s estimated that one single waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million  mosquitoes.  In recent years, residents in Central and Northern New York have eliminated more than 35,000 waste tires through Senator Ritchie’s free drop off events.

August 7, 2015
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Funding Secured to Support the Mission of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Senator Young, colleagues announce $200,000 grant for the organization

 

ALBANY – Women and men in Livingston County will benefit from expanded services thanks to a $200,000 grant secured by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - 57th District) for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. 

 

Senator Young joined a group of Senator, including Senator Patrick Gallivan to work for the funding to reach a 10 county area. The grant will be administred by the State health department. 

 

August 7, 2015
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